Giveaway: A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord (US Only)
A Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord
Release Date: May 26, 2015
About the Book
This powerful middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers.
When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.
After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant--and possibly win?
Set amongst the blueberry barrens and by the sea, this is a gorgeous new novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord that tackles themes of prejudice and friendship, loss and love.
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
About the Author
Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed HALF A CHANCE and TOUCH BLUE. She made her picture-book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com.
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Two winners, each will receive one copy of the finished book. US only.
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During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: How can people from different backgrounds (cultural, economic, geographic) learn to get along and try to understand each other? Why should they make an effort?
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People from different cultures should learn about the other cultures so that they can understand other better and emphasize with them. People need to know about other parts of the world than the one they are living in, and what better way to learn than from someone who comes from a different part of the world?
They can do this by spending time with each other, just as it sounds like the characters do in this book. They SHOULD do this to help end the racism and make the world a better place.
We need to get out of our little (self-made) boxes and into the bigger world, and learning about and understanding other cultures helps us accomplish this.
People from different backgrounds can understand each other and learn to get along through open, honest communication. It's important to recognize where people who aren't like you are coming from. And why make the effort? Well, we've all got to share this planet, haven't we?